(David Vetter 2018, South China Morning Post)
Ancient event was held to celebrate family while giving thanks to crop harvest, and its spirit lives on, albeit altered to suit contemporary culture
“May we live long and share the beauty of the moon together, even if we are hundreds of miles apart.”
As Hong Kong is once again illuminated by dazzling lanterns of all shapes and sizes, the Post explores the ancient history behind the festival, which falls on the 15th day of the eighth month in the lunar calendar – the night when the moon is at its fullest and brightest.
For thousands of years, it has been an occasion for Chinese families and communities to come together and feast to give thanks for the harvest of crops following the summer.
Today, the family theme of the festival is still widely observed throughout Hong Kong. Children can be seen holding lanterns and shops tout mooncakes of every conceivable flavour.
Great Safe hopes that the people you miss are safe and long-lasting. No matter where you are separated by thousands of mountains and rivers, you can see the bright and beautiful bright moon together.